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Updated: Saturday, November 16, 2002 8:51 AM EST
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No. 6 Oklahoma (8-1) at Baylor (3-7)
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WACO, Texas (Ticker) -- Baylor is overmatched against most Big 12 Conference opponents and this week appears to be no different. But do not expect Oklahoma to show much mercy.

Coming off their first loss of the season, the sixth-ranked Sooners figure to be in an angry mood Saturday when they visit Baylor.

Prior to last week's 30-26 setback at Texas A&M, Oklahoma led the BCS rankings and appeared to be in control of its own destiny. But the loss dropped the Sooners to fourth in the BCS standings and they now are among six one-loss teams who need help to get to the Fiesta Bowl.

Oklahoma (8-1, 4-1) still has control of the Big 12 South race and can guarantee itself a spot in the conference championship game by winning out. The Sooners host Texas Tech next week, then close the regular season at Oklahoma State on November 30.

Last week, the Sooners were done in by unheralded freshman quarterback Reggie McNeal, who started the year third on Texas A&M's depth chart. McNeal completed just 8-of-13 passes for 191 yards, but four of them went for touchdowns.

Oklahoma's Quentin Griffin rushed for 141 yards on 23 carries to become the first 1,000-yard rusher during Stoops' tenure.

Baylor is coming of a 41-0 loss to Texas, its third shutout in five games. The Bears (3-7, 1-5) have been outscored, 222-21, during their five-game losing streak and Saturday could be more of the same.

Only two games remain for Baylor coach Kevin Steele, who has posted a 9-34 record in his four seasons with the Bears. Steele was fired on November 3, but asked to stay on for the remainder of the season. He coaches his final game next week at Oklahoma State.

Oklahoma has won all 11 meetings with Baylor, including a 33-17 victory last season in Norman.


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